Welcome to the companion history blog for the book, Beyond the Land of Gold: The Life & Times of Perry A. Burgess. The blog will include interesting facts and images relating to the Burgess story and publishing news. Perry's path in life crossed some of the most interesting characters of the American West. The Burgess family were pioneers of Missouri, Colorado, Utah and Montana, and played major roles in the early development of communities like Boulder and Steamboat Springs. Through a series of blog posts, we will profile several of Perry's early business partners found in his diaries and other writings. Look for the series Glimpses into Yampa Valley's Past by Routt County historian/story teller David Moran. CLICK on headings or 'more' to expand each entry.

Col. Ivers Philips: 'A Rich Man's House'

Thursday, January 12, 2012
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William E. Walton history of Bates Co., Missouri

Tuesday, June 07, 2011
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Early History of the Steamboat Pilot (& Today) Newspaper

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Steamboat Pilot: From Dream to Reality

According to his diaries, Perry Burgess longed to be a published writer. Although the popular and literary magazines of his day weren't interested in his work, he found an outlet in his local newspaper, the Steamboat Pilot .  Entrepreneur James Hoyle—friend of both Perry Burgess and his uncle, Lewis Cheney—due to health reasons wanted to relocate from Boulder to Steamboat Springs. He was intrigued by the idea of setting up shop in the new town called Steamboat Springs, and when he learned that the town was financially backed by prominent Boulder businessmen Andrew J. Macky and James Maxwell, he made the decision to do just that. Steamboat founder James H. Crawford was instrumental in attracting early businessmen like Hoyle. Read More

The Crawfords of Steamboat: Lulita Crawford Pritchett

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The name James Crawford is synonymous with Steamboat Springs, but his granddaughter, Lulita Crawford Pritchett was a force to be reckoned with in her own right. Like Perry A. Burgess, diarist of Beyond the Land of Gold , Lulita grew up hearing pioneer stories of unparalleled adventure. Storytelling ran through her veins like lifeblood, and we are all the richer for it. Read More

Pioneer Lodging in Steamboat Springs Colorado

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Long before the elegance found throughout Steamboat Springs today - before the existence of the Steamboat Grand Hotel, Sheraton or One Steamboat Place - lodging was a rugged endeavor reserved for the most avid outdoorsmen. Access was difficult when visiting the Yampa Valley and accommodations were simple cabins at first. Read More

Pearl Street: Boulder Colorado's Heart

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Boulder, Colorado, is one of the most beautiful cities in America today. It has been rated the nation's Best Town for Startups by BusinessWeek (2010); fourth-best city to live in for the next decade by Kiplinger (2010); America's Foodiest Town by Bon Appetit (2010); Healthiest, Happiest City in the U.S. by a 2010 Gallup Poll; Most Educated City by (2010)…the list goes on and on. Read More

'Glimpse into Yampa Valley's Past' - Pioneer Winter 1889-90 by David Moran

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Listen to David Moran describe the difficult conditions experienced by Yampa Valley pioneers during the winter of 1889-90. It was during 1889 that Perry Burgess and F.E. Milner opened Milner & Company Bank, the first bank in Northwest Colorado. Read More

'Glimpse into Yampa Valley's Past' - Pickle Jars of Water by David Moran

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Listen to a brief history of William E. Walton and Perry A. Burgess' exploration of Steamboat Springs by historian David Moran. Often mistakenly referred to as William H. Walton by historians, he was actually William E. (Edward) Walton born August 31, 1842 in Cooper County, Missouri. Anyone who has traveled to Steamboat Springs for a ski vacation has noticed the names of Walton and Burgess on numerous street signs, creeks and landmarks. The Walton family history runs deep in American history. William is the great uncle of mega retailer Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. Furthermore, William's mother's family the Turleys helped raise the young Kit Carson in Boone's Lick Missouri and were closely associated with the pioneer throughout his life. In fact Walton's great uncle Jesse B.Turley and DeWitt Peters were chosen by Carson to write and publish his first autobiography. Read More

'Glimpse into Yampa Valley's Past' - Early Stage Travel by David Moran

Monday, January 03, 2011

A brief history of early Yampa Valley stage coach travel by historian David Moran. Details one of the first stage coach companies owned by D.W Wipple and F.E. Milner providing service to Steamboat Springs and other stops across the Yampa Valley. Milner was the nephew of Lewis Cheney and business partner of Perry Burgess. Read More

Dr. Levi Cheney: Source of Many Book Photographs

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Recent press articles and reviews of Beyond the Land of Gold have focused on the rich collection of family photographs included in the book and connections to the home of Dr. Levi Cheney, the uncle of Perry. I’ve also received numerous questions regarding my family’s connections to the LDS and the RLDS, known today as the Community of Christ Church. I will attempt to provide some further details regarding my background and its relevance to the Burgess story. Read More